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Refreshing Yoga Retreat in USA

Enchantment Equitreks is the destination for intrepid equestrians who are looking to be immersed in the restorative powers of equines and yoga. This retreat balances your mind, nourishes your body, and lightens your soul. Each yoga session is hand crafted by the co-owner, Justyn Vogel, to suit your experience and needs. Daily trail riding excursions challenge your adventurous nature through varied terrain. In addition to your two yoga sessions per day an introductory into EquiYoga is also offered. By adding the equine element to yoga, the rider will learn to adjust to new situations with breath and suppleness, reevaluate the body cues to keep clear communication, and build a deeper connection to the horse. Essentially this week is about you and what you need to find peace and balance!

To thoroughly enjoy your stay we require that your riding ability be at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of our rides. However, no yoga experience is required!

Meet the instructors

Justyn
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Highlights

  • 1 EquiYoga class
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 1 Reiki Healing course
  • 5 days of horse riding activities
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and water on the trail
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: 1-5 participants
Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Enchantment Equitreks' two-story guesthouse is nestled on a juniper and pine tree ridge overlooking the valley below. Decorated in a rustic and eclectic southwest style, the guesthouse offers three bedrooms, two and a quarter bath, a shared kitchen, and a common room filled with books and games. The guest house is environmentally conscious designed with composting toilets, greywater systems, and re-purposed furnishings. It also offers free Wi-Fi and access to laundry service.

The guesthouse is landscaped for relaxation. Wooded paths lead to reading nooks, hammocks for naps, meditation alcoves, and quiet spaces for yoga. The hot tub is available year round and the pool is open during the summer. Throughout the property are vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes just ripe for the picking. Bicycles are available for further exploration. The building is minutes away from golf courses, hiking and mountain biking trails, ski areas, and the river.

Program

Equi yoga

Horses have carried people through history and they have been partners along the way. It's only natural that they accompany people in their journey of self discovery. Equi-yoga borrows asanas (poses) and breathing techniques from yoga and translates them into the saddle.

You begin this program on the mat creating a foundation of breath and learning the asanas. As you move to the saddle horses stand patiently, often breathing, and stretching with you, as you begin to find a flow. When you are ready to advance, the horse walks out on a lounge line as you match your rhythm with the animal.

This unique technique highlights many trouble areas, such as the neck, shoulders, arms, seat, and legs. It brings awareness to your balance and strength, essentially because your mat is moving at its own pace.

By adding the equine element to yoga, the equestrian will learn to adjust to new situations with breath and suppleness, reevaluate the body cues to keep clear communication, and build a deeper connection to your horse. This discovery can be utilized to enhance your riding and your yoga practice. Marty Whittle, the founder of Equi-Yoga, explains that it helps you explore your body from the inside out.

Horse riding

Enjoy a three-hour adventure in the mountains and a relaxing picnic under the pines. Day rides can be extended to a four-hour ride. Unlike many outfitters who ride in the same area, Enchantment Equitreks takes advantage of New Mexico's diverse landscapes and terrain by trailering out to a new trail each day. They load horses, tack, picnic, and clients and drive 20-45 minutes to the riding destination.

Some days, you will be galloping through the sandy arroyos of a painted desert. The next day, you will scale alpine forests and Enchantment Equitreks loves to splash through the waters of the Rio Grande river. You do not camp out in these places but return back to the ranch where a hot shower, a hearty meal, and a soft bed awaits.

Horse riding requirements

This program is for yogis of all levels and intermediate/advanced riders. Safety is our number one priority. We are not a nose to tail dude ranch but an equine adventure business. All of our horses have been trained in trail riding skills and manners; however, they do have a mind of their own. To thoroughly enjoy your stay we require that your riding ability be at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of our rides. We ask all riders to be comfortable at a walk, posting trot, and strong canter on trail with in a group, as well as mount/dismount the horse unassisted.

Riders do need to be physically fit enough to be in the saddle 3-4 hours a day. If you do not feel that you meet this criteria, but are still interested, we strongly suggest riding lessons. This will help you to be more confident and comfortable in the saddle. We will give riding tips and suggestions on trail to keep you safe, however we do not give riding lessons.

Included excursions

  • Museum trip
  • Visit local artist
  • Shopping
  • Enjoy dinner or lunch in a local restaurant

Instructors

Justyn Vogel

Location

This program will take place at Enchantment Equitreks, New Mexico, USA. Nestled in a mountain retreat, it is the destination for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. The 140-acre ranch is located at the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains, 40 minutes east of Albuquerque and an hour south of Santa Fe.

Distances

  • Alburqueque - 40 minutes
  • Santa Fe - 60 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • River
  • Patio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

Food

New Mexican cuisine is wholly unique, rich with local ingredients, slow-cooked meats, and spiced with roasted green and red chili. The meals not only showcase this local flavor, but the ingredients are plucked straight from Enchantment Equitreks' gardens, local farms, and ranches. Each morning, you will be greeted with a European-style breakfast set out in the guesthouse or patio. Lunches will often be picnics during the day's ride. The evenings will be filled with sit down, family-style dinners, relaxing next to a fire and gazing out at the stars. They are able to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hiking in the Sandia Mountains
  • Kayaking/SUP
  • Mountain biking

What's included

  • 2 daily handcrafted yoga sessions
  • 5 days of horse riding activities
  • 1 Day in Santa Fe
  • Introduction to Equi-yoga
  • Yoga equipment (mat, blocks, blankets, bolsters)
  • Equestrian equipment (helmet, chaps, gloves)
  • Use of basic toiletries, towels, and hairdryer
  • Access to the hot tub, pool, and laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and water on the trail
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers from Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ)
  • Tax

What's not included

  • 10% gratuity
  • Non-rider supplements are available for a 10% discount.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Enchantment Equitreks will meet you at baggage claim at a predetermined time with a sign that has your name on it.

Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Special discount

Non-rider supplements are available for a 10% discount.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

Thursday May 19, 2022
(8 days / 7 nights)

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